Tuesday, May 11, 2010

There Is Still Some Hope! - Thanks For The Update Amanda!

You may be able to help save animals
By Amanda Persico
May 11, 2010

The Ontario SPCA is asking qualified residents and local veterinarians who can treat ringworm to contact them with services you can offer to help save the remaining animals that were scheduled to be euthanized today.

The euthanizing of more than 350 dogs, cats and other pets went on while protestors cried and pleaded for the animals to be saved.

Tanya Firmage, the acting director of animal care, is asking qualified residents to contact the Ontario SPCA directly.

You can contact Anne Buonaiuto at 905-898-7122 or e-mail [email protected]

Professional dog groomer Erikah McNeice is donating her time to shave and give medical baths to infected animals saved from the Ontario SPCA. Ms McNeice can be reached at [email protected]


This Did Not Need To Happen

As many of you now know, an outbreak of ringworm resulted in the mass euthanasia of an estimated over 300 small animals, cats and dogs at the OSPCA York Region branch in Newmarket. We should not condemn the many volunteers and medical staff at the branch, as though they indeed hold some responsibility, they are performing their jobs, and are doing so AT THE REQUEST of the OSPCA. I am sure it is breaking their hearts. Until further investigation, none of of can really speculate as to just how bad this outbreak was, and how much of a danger it posed to the staff and animals. What we can question however, is HOW THIS SITUATION WAS ALLOWED TO PROGRESS THIS FAR.  Last time I checked, cases of ringworm are not overly common and are easily treated and cured. How was it that a few conditions went unmonitored resulting in mass spreading? To members of the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA who will undoubtedly point fingers at each other, I feel I can speak for most of us when I say that enough is enough. Placing blame is not going to provide any solution to preventing such a horrific event from reoccurring. More importantly, placing blame is not going to bring these poor souls back, as it is now to late. It is time for Kate Macdonald to answer some simple questions, though as of yet she has remained silent. To all animal lovers, I am pleading with you to take just a small portion of time to email the OSPCA directly and demand not only an explanation, but a proposed solution that will ensure such a tragedy does not happen again.

*** Let CEO Kate Macdonald know how you feel at  [email protected]

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Euthanization Has Started....Such A Preventable Loss

An animal shelter north of Toronto has started euthanizing about 350 animals following an outbreak of ringworm, according to the Ontario SPCA.
A statement on the website of the York Region in Newmarket says that due to the ringworm epidemic, the facility "regrets that is closed to the public until further notice. We are unable to accept animals, and our adoption and foster programs are suspended, also until further notice."
The shelter could not contain the outbreak of the highly contagious fungal infection.
"Approximately 60 [of the animals to be euthanized] are dogs, most all of the rest are cats. There are some rabbits, which also speaks to the fact that it has spread from cats to dogs to rabbits," said Rosyln Ryan, spokeswoman for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
An OSPCA official said the fact the ringworm had spread to the rabbits is of particular concern, because it meant the ringworm was jumping to species not normally susceptible to the disease.
Ryan said the ringworm is "particularly aggressive" and it's "not that common."
There is also concern the ringworm could be passed to humans.

Guards placed at shelter

Kate MacDonald, the OSPCA's chief executive, says the Newmarket branch will undergo a thorough cleansing and an inspection to ensure the ringworm is eradicated before it reopens for adoptions.
In the meantime, security guards are stationed at the shelter, apparently to ensure no one tries to rescue the doomed animals.
MacDonald says the OSPCA does "not take euthanasia lightly" and is "extremely saddened by the situation."
In animals, ringworm causes small patches of hair loss and skin discolouration. Animals begin scratching and break the skin, attempting to get relief.
Veterinarians say an outbreak inside an animal shelter can quickly become unmanageable.
Ryan said shelter staff sought extensive advice and found that euthanizing the animals was the only option.
The final decision was made by OSPCA veterinarians.
"It is heartbreakingly difficult for those front-line workers and volunteers who work with these animals day in and day out. It's a heart-wrenching situation for us all," said Ryan.

OSPCA takes 'easy solution': Toronto society head

Toronto Humane Society president Bob Hambley says, however, that ringworm is treatable and this type of action is unprecedented.
He says the OSPCA is "taking the easy solution," and should consult with outside experts to look at alternatives to save the animals.
Hambley adds in a statement that MacDonald has "failed in her duties to protect animals and should immediately step down."
Hambley's accusation follows an OSPCA raid on the Toronto shelter last November in which five senior managers were charged with animal cruelty.
The dispute between the two sides was settled last month, and the shelter is due to reopen on June 1 with a new slate of directors.

The Fighting Continues...

The Toronto Humane Society is calling on the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to rethink its plan to kill 350 animals at its Newmarket shelter.
"This type of action to respond to a treatable condition such as ringworm is unprecedented," Humane society president Bob Hambley stated in a press release Monday night. "The OSPCA is taking the easy solution rather than working to save animals lives.
"The OSPCA needs to reconsider this solution and consult with outside experts to look at treatment alternatives to save these animals lives."
Hambley accused OSPCA CEO Kate MacDonald of failing in her duties to protect animals and said she should resign.
He called on Premier Dalton McGuinty to order an investigation into the OSPCA's care of animals at the shelter.
OSPCA officials confirmed Monday that 350 animals, all the pets inside the Woodbine Ave. shelter except two turtles, would be put down this week after ringworm reached epidemic proportions.
“The OSPCA is deeply saddened we had to take this action,” OSPCA spokesman Rosaline Ryan said Monday. “We were left with no other option.”
Both the THS and the OSPCA are no stranger to airing public criticism of each other.
The OSPCA raided the THS last year and charged its former president and other senior staffers with animal cruelty.
After several months inside the THS's River St. shelter, the OSPCA gave control back to the THS.
Staff at the River St. shelter are currently undergoing retraining before reopening June 1.

*Taken from the Toronto Sun